Triumphal Arches

Monumental structures containing at least one arched passageway and erected to honour an important person or to commemorate a significant event, particularly a victory in war. The basic form consisted of two piers connected by an arch, over which was placed a superstructure that served as a base for statues and bore commemorative inscriptions. Triumphal arches generally spanned a roadway used for triumphal processions.

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triumphal arch
triumphal arches
arches, triumphal
triomfbogen Dutch
triomfboog Dutch
arcos de triunfo Spanish
arco de triunfo Spanish
arco triunfal Spanish
triunfal Spanish

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Monumental structures containing at least one arched passageway and erected to honour an important person or to commemorate a significant event, particularly a victory in war. The basic form consisted of two piers connected by an arch, over which was placed a superstructure that served as a base for statues and bore commemorative inscriptions. Triumphal arches generally spanned a roadway used for triumphal processions. They are associated with ancient Roman architecture, however, they possibly developed elsewhere or from the Porta Triumphalis, which was a gate in Rome through which the victorious Roman army had to pass before entering the sacred city territory of Rome.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007003. The J. Paul Getty Trust.